Today, women facing breast cancer have more treatment options than they did even a few years ago. Every woman’s cancer is different, as are her circumstances, preferences, and beliefs, so a treatment plan that works well for another woman may not be right for you.
Get Collaborative Care
At SCCA, we view treatment as a collaborative effort. Our breast cancer teams meet twice a week to discuss new patients’ care. This means all your breast cancer doctors—from your radiologist to your surgeon to your medical oncologist—get together in the same room to formulate a treatment plan tailored to you.
Your doctors will discuss all of your options based on your type of cancer and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Together, your team will recommend a blend of treatments and a sequence in which to deliver your treatments, to optimize your results.
Learn more about SCCA's collaborative care
Breast cancer specialist Julie R. Gralow, MD explains how SCCA patients are a part of their own care team and family members are encouraged to participate as well. She discusses individualized treatment plans based on the type and stage of disease, and also on each patients’ genetics, life circumstances, and other factors. Click to view the video.
Most women who have breast cancer will be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, or some combination of these. Read more details about these treatments:
- Surgery, including sentinel node biopsy
- Radiation therapy
- Systemic treatments:
SCCA was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatment to patients faster. For breast cancer patients, this means more treatment options at SCCA than you might have elsewhere.
Cancer treatment is changing rapidly. We can offer you new and better treatments, including chemotherapy regimens that are easier to tolerate, surgical procedures that are less invasive, and biological therapies that target cancer cells. Because of our multidisciplinary-team approach, our doctors can assess the latest research findings—from here and around the world—as a group and identify opportunities to apply these finding to improve your care.